Black and white collage with a square interior photo placed within a pencil and ink seascape of water and sky.


NYIT Department of Interior Design 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 19, 2017
2:00 PM  – 8:15 PM

New York, NY

Photo: Kunsthaus Bregenz, Peter Zumthor, by Manuela Martin
Artwork: Robert Allen

NYIT Department of Interior Design celebrates its 50th anniversary with an all-day symposium on October 19.

The afternoon symposium session, held at the AIA Center for Architecture, includes lightning talks and panel discussions with industry leaders. The evening keynote presentations featuring renowned designers Adam Tihany and Giorgio Borruso, and Director of Strategy Lauren Adams from Gensler, will be held at NYIT-Auditorium on Broadway.

Visit our exhibit of student work October 16 – 22

For further information contact Lisa Mahoney at 516.686.7786.


Afternoon Lightning Talks and Industry Panel Discussions

Thursday, October 19, 2017
2 – 5 p.m.
AIA Center for Architecture
536 Laguardia Place, New York, NY 10012
Edgar A. Tafel Hall

Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering, and Construction at a Crossroads: Digital Processes and Information Technologies

Coordinator: Charles A. Matz

2 – 3 p.m.

Session A: “Building Better, Faster and More Collaboratively…”

Presenter: Michael Donaghy, Structure Tone


  • Joshua Progar, PlanGrid
  • Doug Chambers, WeWork
  • Islay Burgess, Gensler
  • Donal Lyons, Structure Tone
  • Ali Militano, Structure Tone

3 – 4 p.m.

Session A1: “Blockchain Technology and Beyond: AEC Industry in Flux”

Presenter: John C. Cronin III, CEO/Chairman, OpCenter


  • More McCormack, BluEdge

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Coffee Break

3 – 5 p.m.

Session B: "Gaming and Entertainment Tech in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction: Graphics, 3-D Gaming Environments, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Video, and Photography tools"

Presenter: Lucas Richmond, Gilbane Building Company


  • Chris D'Andrea, BBDO
  • Michael Koutsoubis and Andy Christoforou, Mythic VR

Evening Keynote Presentations and Panel Discussions

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6 – 8:15 p.m.
NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway (between Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center), New York, NY 10023

Looking In, Looking Out; Beginning with Interior Design

Presentations and panel discussion will examine the rapidly evolving role of interior design in form-making; redefining interior design's role and stature in the overall conception and realization of projects.

Coordinator: Robert Allen

Keynote Speakers:

  • Adam D. Tihany, Tihany Design
    Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame inductee and world-renowned hospitality designer will discuss the design process involved in the conception of the ultra-luxury eight-story cruise ship Seaborn Encore and other projects, as conceived through the lens of the interior designer.
  • Giorgio Borruso, Giorgio Borruso Design
    Innovative experimental designer, recent recipient of German Design Award and UK FX Design Award, renowned for his retail work (Lord & Taylor's flagship store in Yonkers, Miss Sixty showroom, Carlo Pazolini) will discuss his recent work with the innovative pop-up retail stores for ShopWithMe and others.
  • Lauren Adams, Director of Strategy, Gensler
    Award-winning strategist and researcer at Gensler will discuss her work, which focuses on understanding consumer and human behavior in order to create meaningful design and brand engagements through "experience" analysis. Clients have included Disney, Nickelodeon, JetBlue, and Cadillac. She will discuss findings from Gensler's newest research initiative, the Gensler Design & Experience Index.


  • Carl Matthews, Head, Interior Design, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Melanie Li (B.F.A. '12), Flag Luxury, previously with Champalimaud and Bentel & Bentel


Curatorial Outcomes
Giorgio Borruso Design
Tihany Design
Structure Tone